Corey Rayburn Yung

William R. Scott Research Professor
Primary office:
415 Green Hall


Corey Rayburn Yung joined the KU Law faculty as a visiting professor in 2011 and accepted a full-time position in 2012. He was named as a William R. Scott Research Professor in 2019. Yung's scholarship has appeared in, among other publications, the Boston College Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Iowa Law Review and Northwestern University Law Review. His research has been cited by federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States in Kennedy v. Louisiana.

Before he began his professorial career, Yung served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As part of his work as a lawyer, Yung helped create a training program for the Liberian criminal defense bar, assisted the Office for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, represented a death row inmate in Florida, and investigated criminal allegations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Courses Taught:
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • International Criminal Courts
  • Sex Crimes


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2002; B.A., University of Iowa, 1999


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Courts, Sex Crimes


New York, 2003

Career History

Associate, Shearman & Sterling, 2002-2004, 2006-2007; Law Clerk, the Hon. Michael J. Melloy, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 2004-2006; Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2007-2009; Associate Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2009-2012; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2012-2014; Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2014-present.


Sex crimes, judicial decision-making, legal interpretation and criminal law

Selected Publications

  • "Constitutional Communication," 96 Boston University Law Review (2016)
  • "Concealing Campus Sexual Assault: An Empirical Investigation," 21 Psychology, Public Policy & Law 1 (2015)
  • "Rape Law Fundamentals," 26 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 1 (2015)
  • "How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America’s Hidden Rape Crisis," 99 Iowa Law Review 1197 (2014)
  • "A Typology of Judging Styles," 107 Northwestern University Law Review 1757 (2013)
  • "Beyond Ideology: An Empirical Study of Partisanship and Independence in the Federal Courts," 80 George Washington Law Review 505 (2012)
  • "The Incredible Ordinariness of Federal Penalties for Inactivity," 2012 Wisconsin Law Review 841 (2012)
  • "Flexing Judicial Muscle: An Empirical Study of Judicial Activism in the Federal Courts," 105 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (2011)
  • "Judged by the Company You Keep: An Empirical Study of the Ideologies of Federal Judges," 51 Boston College Law Review 1133 (2010)
  • "The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders," 45 Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review 435 (2010)